An optimally functioning spine and nervous system is one of the keys to creating a healthy, active 100-year lifestyle. Some recent studies tell us why.
In 2004, a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society showed that spinal deformities were associated with a shorter lifespan and a lower quality of life1. In 2009, a review of 128 studies showed that 78% concluded that people with abnormal posture were more likely to suffer from health disorders2.
Spinal deformities include stooped posture (where your shoulders are in front of your hips) and forward-head posture (where your head is in front of your shoulders). Sitting all day (and night) for work or entertainment makes children and adults more likely to develop spinal deformities.
Spinal distortions can create distortions within the nervous system. The brain and the body need to be in constant, clear communication for proper body functioning. Distortions within the nervous system can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including pain, fatigue, anxiety, concentration issues, hormonal imbalance, and digestive difficulties. Remember that the goal of chiropractic care is to reduce distortions within the nervous sytem, not to treat symptoms.
People often associate spinal deformities with frailty and disability, and the research supports this connection. One of the benefits of chiropractic care is that it can prevent or halt the degenerative process that causes your spine to age faster than the rest of your body. The most efficient way to reduce distortion within the nervous system is by restoring normal function to all joints of the spine. This naturally improves posture, which makes you look your age, or better!
1 Kado DM et al. J Am Geriatr Soc, 52:1662-1667.
2 Harrison DE et al. J Vertebral Subluxation Res, July 31.